Elizabeth C. Economy: US-China Relations in the Era of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping

Giri Deshingkar Memorial Lectures are instituted in the memory of Professor Giri Deshingkar, former Director of the CSDS and founder member of the Institute of Chinese Studies. Earlier speakers in the series include Professors Prasenjit Duara, Wang Gungwu, Tan Chung, Hamashita Takeshi, Ashwani Saith, Richard Appelbaum, Elizabeth Perry, Wang Hui, Shu-mei Shih, Andrew J. Nathan, David Shambaug, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Mark C. Elliott.

This year’s lecture was delivered by Elizabeth C. Economy. (CLICK TO WATCH)

Over the past several years, U.S.-China relations have deteriorated sharply. The two great powers are engaged in a profound competition over geo-strategic concerns, economic interests, and fundamental political values. Some political observers have gone so far as to raise the potential of a new Cold War. What domestic factors in each country are contributing to the ongoing and growing tensions between the United States and China? What measures might help arrest the current downward trajectory in the bilateral relationship? The speaker will discuss these issues, as well as their broader implications for other countries and for the future role of China and the United States on the global stage.

Elizabeth C. Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Her most recent book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, (2018) was shortlisted for the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize for the best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. She is also the author of the award-winning The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (2010), and co-authored with Michael Levi By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World.

Monday, 6th July 2020
6.30 pm, Zoom Webinar